Shree Cement Limited (NSE:SHREECEM) has announced it will be reducing its dividend payable on the 27th of August to ₹45.00. Based on this payment, the dividend yield will be 0.5%, which is lower than the average for the industry.
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Shree Cement’s Earnings Easily Cover the Distributions
It would be nice for the yield to be higher, but we should also check if higher levels of dividend payment would be sustainable. Before making this announcement, Shree Cement was easily earning enough to cover the dividend. This means that most of its earnings are being retained to grow the business.
EPS is set to fall by 0.5% over the next 12 months. If the dividend continues along recent trends, we estimate the payout ratio could be 15%, which we consider to be quite comfortable, with most of the company’s earnings left over to grow the business in the future.
The company’s dividend history has been marked by instability, with at least 1 cut in the last 10 years. The dividend has gone from ₹14.00 in 2012 to the most recent annual payment of ₹90.00. This means that it has been growing its distributions at 20% per annum over that time. Despite the rapid growth in the dividend over the past number of years, we have seen the payments go down the past as well, so that makes us cautious.
The Dividend Looks Likely To Grow
Given that the dividend has been cut in the past, we need to check if earnings are growing and if that might lead to stronger dividends in the future. Shree Cement has impressed us by growing EPS at 11% per year over the past five years. A low payout ratio and decent growth suggests that the company is reinvesting well, and it also has plenty of room to increase the dividend over time.
We Really Like Shree Cement’s Dividend
In general, we don’t like to see the dividend being cut, especially when the company has such high potential like Shree Cement does. By reducing the dividend, pressure will be taken off the balance sheet, which could help the dividend to be consistent in the future. All in all, this checks a lot of the boxes we look for when choosing an income stock.
Investors generally tend to favour companies with a consistent, stable dividend policy as opposed to those operating an irregular one. Still, investors need to consider a host of other factors, apart from dividend payments, when analysing a company. As an example, we’ve identified 2 warning signs for Shree Cement that you should be aware of before investing. Is Shree Cement not quite the opportunity you were looking for? Why not check out our selection of top dividend stocks.
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